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Friday, April 14, 2017

Sharyl Attkisson on Government Surveillance



From Sharyl Attkisson:
I’ve spoken to a small group of reliable, formerly high-placed intelligence officials who have dropped a few interesting tidbits on me of late. 
Here’s my understanding, based on the discussions: It’s not true that wiretaps and/or electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens can “only” be done with a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court order. Besides the FISA court, “wiretapping” or electronic surveillance can also be done under Title III authority. 
The government used this authority, for example, in the Justice Department’s secret Fast and Furious “gunwalking” case. Additionally, U.S. Presidents have the power to issue secret presidential directives that can authorize otherwise illegal acts (theoretically in the country’s best interests). 
These directives may come with pre-planned cover stories to be used in the event the operation is exposed, and they come with indemnity for those involved, giving them permission to lie about the operation or their involvement without fear of prosecution.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh hell! There are a whole drawer full of classified EO permitting POTUS all sort of powerful overreaches based on his invoking some clause or another. Congress has to be informed but only after a delay period during which time POTUS can revoke and...NEVER inform Congress!

Friday, April 14, 2017 6:45:00 am  

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